The Newsroom: Season 1 (2012)


Season 1
The Newsroom

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Though it sports good intentions and benefits from moments of stellar dialogue and a talented cast, The Newsroom may feel too preachy, self satisfied, and cynical to appeal to a wide range of viewers.



Critic Ratings: 48


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Air date: Jun 24, 2012

After a meltdown, Will McAvoy returns to work to find most of the staff are leaving his show; Will's new executive producer is also his ex-girlfriend; Will and his new staff face a challenge.

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Air date: Jul 01, 2012

Mac begins to control the new incarnation of "News Night"; Jim takes the fall for Maggie's miscue; Charlie forbids Reese from secret meetings with Will.

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Air date: Jul 08, 2012

Will apologizes on-air for past newscasts; Charlie is warned by management; Jim soothes Maggie during a panic attack; Will parades his dates in front of Mac.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2012

Will lands in the tabloids; Wade approaches Will with information; Don asks Maggie to set Jim up with her roommate; Will refuses to make a call on a breaking story.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2012

The team learns about a protest in Wisconsin; Maggie, Jim and Don work hard to feature simultaneous uprisings; Neal tracks down an Egyptian insider.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2012

Will runs a controversial segment that causes him to receive death threats; Will suffers from insomnia; Sloan jeopardizes her career; Will handles an interview subject roughly.

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Air date: Aug 05, 2012

An anonymous source provides advanced details on an important story; the staff cuts its anniversary party short.

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Air date: Aug 12, 2012

Will and Mac abandon principles when ratings plummet; Sloan is irked by her lack of screen time; Charlie discovers a whistleblower's identity.

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Air date: Aug 19, 2012

The staff stages a mock debate; Mac has an epiphany; Lisa goes off-script during an interview; Neal goes under cover.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2012

Nina surprises Mac; Sloan considers a job offer; Neal smokes out a threat; Will, Mac and Charlie face off against Leona and Reese.

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Cast & Crew

Jeff Daniels
Will McAvoy
Emily Mortimer
Mackenzie McHale
Alison Pill
Margaret Jordan
Thomas Sadoski
Don Keefer
Olivia Munn
Sloan Sabbith
Dev Patel
Neal Sampat
Sam Waterston
Charlie Skinner
Chris Messina
Reese Lansing
Terry Crews
Lonny Church
Adina Porter
Kendra James
Wynn Everett
Tamara Hart
Kelen Coleman
Lisa Lambert
Chris Chalk
Gary Cooper
Thomas Matthews
Martin Stallworth
Trieu Tran
Joey Phan
Alan Poul
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Newsroom: Season 1

  • May 15, 2021
    This is one of the greatest shows ever made. The first season is amazing, the second season is stellar, and the third season leaves you wishing it hadn't ended!
  • Mar 28, 2021
    One of the best tv shows ever!!! Not for qanon or other trump supporters.
  • Feb 08, 2021
    The Newsroom can feel too self-satisfied with its own answers to the complex issues surrounding the news media, but it mostly overcomes its flaws with incredibly sharp dialogue and a fully committed performance from Jeff Daniels.
  • Jan 02, 2021
    fun characters, but the witty, cynical quips don't cover up the gushing ode to liberalism that Sorkin finds himself penning once again. This series is more fantasy than Game of Thrones the way it portrays politics.
  • Aug 13, 2020
    Clever, fast, and a good critique of mainstream media coverage (albeit a bit harsh...)
  • May 30, 2020
    I really loved this show. Every season it just got better. I wish it was still on the air.
  • May 15, 2020
    Tacky writing. The narrative style is not cohesive and can't seem to make up its mind. A scene of gritty realism is often immediately followed up with a non-sensical banter. It's hard to take the characters seriously, it's also hard find a comic narrative to it. This show had so much potential. In a post-truth era, this show could have been a testament to show everything that's wrong with news media but they just reached out for the clickbait trailer and the lowest hanging fruits
  • Apr 02, 2020
    One of the best shows that doesn't treat the audience like idiots. It's exactly what we wish journalists were like and what I think we need a little more of these days.
  • Mar 25, 2020
    Sorkin's Season 1 started with a bang but ended with a whimper. The fictious show and its main character, Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), start with a noble premise: What if the news media was about the facts and not the hype? You can even see how high they set the bar with their opening credits (which were totally revamped for Season 2). Unfortunately, they totally run out steam by the third episode (The 112th Congress) and Will goes from potentially being the next Walter Cronkite to the next Chris Mathews. After episode 3, Sorkin took to bashing everything Republican or Tea Party and this continues for the rest of the season. This is not to say that the colorful group of incompetent Republicans should not have been skewered... it's just to point out that with a Democrat as President (Obama), Will - who continually reminds us that he's a Republican - cannot find one fault with the White House or any Democrat in office. It seems that only Republicans are saying stupid things and to prove this, Sorkin takes to not only attacking all Republican POTUS contenders but also every conservative voice including Rush Limbaugh and Fox. [Seems that even today, Walter Cronkite would want a balanced presentation.] To make Season 1 even more intolerable, Sorkin creates amazing characters and complex relationships that only serve to frustrate you to no end. These smart, witty and creative personas can solve all of America's political problems with a couple of charts and a few poignant facts... yet they're too inept to take a moment to tell someone they care about that they're sorry, they love them or they're in love with someone else. Or find the time to follow through. Plus, just when a character gathers the fortitude to speak openly about their feeling - we feel Sorkin's Deus ex machina in the form of unbelievable events in order to keep the relationships from going anywhere. Not once. Not twice. But over and over again. Kudos to Sorkin for writing strong and smart female characters who were a joy to see. But unfortunately, the "news" content and ridiculous failed relationships were so heavy handedly presented that watching Season 1 grew tiresome and very preachy. If you want to see an engaging and entertaining production of what news should be and how newsroom relationships are complicated, check out James Brooks' Broadcast News film. It shines where Newsroom Season 1 fails miserably.
  • Mar 19, 2020
    This is one of the most compelling, relevant, and captivating show from a geo-political, emotional and social level!

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